The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 1, Episode 1

Population: Zero (18 Jan. 1974)

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The entire population of the small town of Norris has been knocked out by an unknown sonic device. Against Oscar Goldman's orders, Steve Austin insists on investigating because he knew a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Don Porter ...
Dr. Stanley Bacon
Penny Fuller ...
Dr. Chris Forbes
Police Officer Paul Cord
Joe Taylor
Walter Brooke ...
General Harland Tate
Morgan Jones ...
Major Phillips
Joe Hollister
John Elerick ...
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Mrs. Nelson
Harry Johnson
Bob Delegall ...
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David Valentine ...
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Michael Santiago ...


The entire population of the small town of Norris has been knocked out by an unknown sonic device. Against Oscar Goldman's orders, Steve Austin insists on investigating because he knew a lot of the town's 23 inhabitants during his high school years. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Footage of the "dead" town is taken from The Andromeda Strain (1971). See more »


Steve reads aloud the complete message from Oscar, yet the teletype machine keeps chattering for a few seconds afterwards. See more »


Dr. Chris Forbes: Well, thanks for saving my life, but would you mind telling me how you did it?
Col. Steve Austin: Did what?
Dr. Chris Forbes: Jump across the room like that.
Col. Steve Austin: I ate a lot of jumping beans.
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Edited into The Six Million Dollar Man: The Pal-Mir Escort (1974) See more »

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Episode One
19 May 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

First episode of the TV series is a good one. The small desert town of Norris has been mysteriously incapacitated, and Steve Austin(Lee Majors) is sent in to investigate, since he spent his high school years near there, and knows the inhabitants. It turns out that they are unknowing test subjects of ruthless former government scientist Dr. Bacon(played by Don Porter) who plots to use his ultra sonic wave weapon to blackmail the government, including former colleague Oscar Goldman(Richard Anderson). Interesting and well directed episode has Steve dealing with ruthless villains with equal ruthless aplomb, making for a satisfying ending.

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